Every tree, crop and living plant on earth has energy inside. This energy is stored in the form of carbohydrates, including sugars, starches and cellulose that are produced as part of the process of photosynthesis.
Every tree, crop and living plant on earth has energy inside. This energy is stored in the form of carbohydrates, including sugars, starches and cellulose that are produced as part of the process of photosynthesis. These plants, crops and living matter are collectively known as organic matter and it is possible to harness the energy in this organic matter. One way of doing this is through making use of biomass energy.
What is Biomass Energy?
Biomass is essentially a term used for all living matter that is storing energy as a result of photosynthesis. This biomass has been used for centuries in order to produce energy that is used for people to perform various tasks. For instance, when early man built a fire and burned sticks, this was an early form of biomass energy because it harnessed and made use of the energy in the sticks that were burned.
Today, biomass energy is a lot more advanced than just burning sticks at a camp fire; although the premise is the same and the biomass is still burned in order to release the energy stored within it. Biomass is now used to produce fuel, power and electricity. The energy produced can be enough to operate full factories or even to be used by power plants.
How is Biomass Used?
The first step to using biomass as a source of energy is to find a source of biomass from which energy can be harvested. Biomass can be collected from many different places. For instance, many paper plants or printing presses will produce a lot of organic waste products. In many cases, these plants produce enough organic waste to provide a sufficient amount of biomass to power their entire operations. Many companies in the wood products industry also make use of biomass, not only to provide sufficient electricity to power their mills but also to create enough heat for operations necessary to dry their wood products.
In any case, once the biomass has been collected in the form of a sufficient amount of organic matter and organic waste products, it can be changed into easy-to-use forms so that it can be used in combustion units or otherwise easily used in various locations to produce necessary energy. For instance, the biomass can be pelletized, chipped, hogged or baled through various processes, including gasifying, fluidizing, combusting with a Bubbling Bed Conductor, or being placed in a stoker-fired boiler.
The processed biomass is then shipped or transported to the companies that make use of it to produce heat, hot air, steam, hot water as well as electricity.
Benefits of Biomass
Biomass is a great option because it makes use of organic waste products. This means it can help to reduce dependence on foreign oil, limit the use of important and finite non-renewable resources and serve as a reliable and time-tested source of green energy. More and more companies today are turning to biomass to save money, do their part for the Earth and comply with ever-tightening government energy regulations, so biomass energy should become even more popular and prevalent in the near future. Get in on the “ground floor” so to speak, and consider how using biomass as energy might help you.